Kidero mocks Governor Sonko over ‘all-time low revenue collection’ in Nairobi county

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and former county boss Evans Kidero/ FILE

Former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has mocked his successor, Mike Sonko, over poor revenue collection.

Nairobi revenue collection got to its all-time low in the last financial year as City Hall only managed to collect Sh8.3 billion.

This means the Sonko administration missed its annual target by more than Sh9.2 billion, posting the worst revenue collection since devolution was incepted.

Kidero, who is the first Nairobi county boss, said the poor collection proves “he was hands-on in managing the capital”.

The Star quotes him as having said: “History is now proving that I was very effective in managing and nurturing the productivity of the workers and projects”.

Mocking Sonko, Kidero said time has proved that running the city is not a walk in the park.

“Everybody can now see that we were working. It is easier to talk from outside but now everybody is seeing it. I was effective. The kind of revenue being posted now is lower than even what the council used to collect,” Kidero said.

During his term, Sonko as Nairobi Senator often attacked him for corrutption allegations and “running down the city”.

Sonko has since give up the revenue collection function to the Kenya Revenue Authority, among otehr four key county functions to the national government, which are now beiing handled by the Nairobi Metropolitan Services.

KRA was officially appointed the principal county revenue collector on March 16 as part of the agreement in the Deed of Transfer of functions of the county to NMS.

Kenya Revenue Authority collected Sh1.86 billion in the last quarter of the financial year.

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